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New faces likely to represent District 16

May 9, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON — A large field of candidates in the West Virginia House of Delegates District 16 race was narrowed to six — three on each side of the aisle — Tuesday during the primary election.

As of press time with 97 percent of precincts reporting, Republican candidates John Mandt Jr., Daniel Linville and Jarred Cannon and Democratic candidates Sean Hornbuckle, Matt Spurlock and Dakota Nelson were in the lead. The six will move on to the general election in November, vying for just three slots to represent most of Huntington, eastern Cabell County, including Milton, and a portion of Lincoln County, including Hamlin.

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The four Democratic candidates were incumbent Hornbuckle, Nelson, Spurlock and David Fattaleh. The seven Republican candidates were Linville, Cannon, Steven Davis, Andrew Dornbos, Mandt Jr., Vera Miller and Chris Burger.

With only one incumbent in the race, thanks to Carol Miller running for Congress and Chuck Romine not running at all, no matter the outcome in November, two new faces are guaranteed in Charleston.

Lone incumbent Hornbuckle led the pack, both Democrats and Republicans, with 2,312 votes. He said to get so much respect, support and votes was humbling.

“Makes you proud to be from this area,” Hornbuckle said. “Hopefully, I can keep up the momentum to have same performance in the general and get back to do the work that needs to be done to keep moving the state forward ... To make sure everyone succeeds is my goal.”

Spurlock, a 45-year-old accountant from Huntington, followed with 1,625 votes, followed by Nelson, a 28-year-old contractor and community activist, with 1,089 votes. Fattaleh was in the rear with 740 votes.

Mandt, the owner of Stewarts Original Hot Dogs in Huntington, led the Republicans as of press time with 1,026 votes. He said he was really thankful and blessed to have the support of his community.

“With the support of everyone, I’ll take (my success) to Charleston and make a difference,” Mandt said. “It’s not just me, but the entire district that voted for me — they are all going.”

Linville, a 28-year-old IT director from Milton, followed Mandt with 761 votes, and Cannon, a 20-year-old West Virginia University student, followed Linville with 659 votes.

Behind the front runners, as of press time, was Davis with 615; Miller with 588; Burger with 426; and Dornbos with 219.

Follow reporter Taylor Stuck on Twitter and Facebook @TaylorStuckHD.